Living Theosophy - How can we make Theosophy a Living Force in our World?
- Published: Tuesday, 14 September 2010 01:45
An attempt to answer the title question requires examination from several levels. The first and most obvious is from the point of view of the individual. Theosophy cannot be a force in the world around us until it is a living force within us. To quote Albert Schweitzer, “Example is not the main thing in influencing others, it is the only thing.” When we think about the people who have had the greatest influence for good in our own lives, invariably we find that the ones who were fired with a passion, being steadfast, open, and wise, are the people who made an impression. Add love and kindness to that mixture of qualities and you have the ingredients for a person of transformative power.
One of Theosophy's many beauties is the depth of its teachings on the constitution of both the human being and the universe we inhabit—a vision of who we are and how we came to be. This vision is empowering, but without a systematic application of those teachings, they become a collection of expansive, but ineffectual concepts. The first goal for us as Theosophists is to enliven these truths by applying them, first to ourselves and then to the world around us. As HPB said in The Key to Theosophy, “Honor every truth by use.”